Texas Instruments Adds Direct Encoding to DSP Chips
LAS VEGAS—Texas Instruments, a manufacturer of digital signal processors as well as consumer electronics, today announced that its DSPs will support direct encoding of music directly into a portable device.
This will allow user to encode and transfer files to portable digital audio players without the need for desktop encoding software. It could also mean that digital music encoding may not need to be restricted to PC systems or dedicated encoding devices.
Currently, the software upgrade to the DSP chips only supports real time encoding up to 160kbps (the default industry standard being 128kbps), but it may reach double-speed recording capabilities by next year. Texas Instruments said that several major consumer electronics companies have already expressed great interest in this new capability, but it could not disclose names at this time. The company did say, however, that it received a response that was much better than it had expected. DSP chips can currently be found in digital audio and imaging products from companies such Sony, Thomson/RCA, Sanyo, JVC, as well as others.